Ongoing Grants

Initial Grant: 2008
Cumulative Grant Amounts Through December 2023: $725,000

826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Its services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind, 826LA provides after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of its programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

Facing History and Ourselves
Initial Grant:
Cumulative Grant Amounts Through December 2023: $425,000

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.

By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.

Hope the Mission
Initial Grant:
Cumulative Grant Amounts Through December 2023: $150,000

Hope the Mission was established in 2009 as Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission and began as a small ministry run out of San Pablo Lutheran Church in Sun Valley where volunteers cooked and served hot meals to homeless men, women and children.

Today, its mission is to prevent, reduce and eliminate poverty, hunger, and homelessness.  It does this by offering immediate assistance and long-term solutions. Its approach starts with crisis intervention and then bridges clients, when they are ready, into long-term services that address chronic obstacles. All its services are grounded in a deep respect for the dignity inherent in each human being.

Initial Grant: 2005
Cumulative Grant Amounts Through December 2023: $950,000

Peace4Kids provides programs and services for foster and at-risk youth from ages 5-18, and after they transition to adulthood until age 24. Peace4Kids is truly on the front lines in addressing the needs of foster and at-risk youth in the South Los Angeles neighborhoods of Watts, Willowbrook and Compton.

Peace4Kids is dedicated to empowering foster and at-risk youth by providing community as family. Peace4Kids creates a strong foundation through programs focused on creative expression and life skills, allowing kids to discover their unique voice and limitless potential for success.

Perkins School for the Blind
Initial Grant: 2006
Cumulative Grant Amounts Through December 2023: $900,000

Perkins is an innovative leader in serving people with visual impairments. Strong leadership from both staff and the Board of Trustees has created a legacy of education and discovery. We are always questioning how to best serve our students in the classroom, in the community and around the world.

Perkins International is committed to helping marginalized populations who are blind, deafblind, or blind with additional disabilities unlock their potential and realize their unique value as members of their communities.

Armenia Taskforce Improves Nationwide Services for Children with Multiple Disabilities. Until recently, children who are blind with additional disabilities in Armenia were not included in education programs and were not identified as a population with special needs. As a result, these children did not go to school or receive any support services. Over the past few years, Armenia started to develop programs to provide educational opportunities to these children. Still, increased public awareness is crucial to making programs widespread and accessible.

The Painted Turtle
Initial Grant: 2006
Cumulative Grant Amounts Through December 2023: $705,000

The Painted Turtle seeks to reach beyond illness, to inspire children with life-threatening diseases to become their greater selves. It is the mission of The Painted Turtle to provide a year-round, life-changing environment for these children and their families – one that allows children to participate in an authentic camp experience by supporting their medical needs and offers their families care, education, and respite.

The Painted Turtle staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and supporters work year-round to give all children in its programs the chance just to be kids and have fun in a safe camp environment specially built for their needs. Without The Painted Turtle, many of these children would never know the simple yet profound experience of camp, an experience that often has a life-long impact. Thousands of campers and family members have a chance to come together each year to sing, dance, laugh, grow and discover their potential.

UCSB Sci-Trek
Initial Grant: 2014
Cumulative Grant Amounts Through December 2023: $265,000

SciTrek exists to promote the synergies between science inquiry, language arts, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It works towards providing on-site resources for students, practicing teachers, and teachers in training to cover required grade level performance expectations and experience the processes that form the basis of all evidence based approaches to understanding our world.

SciTrek is dedicated to allowing 2nd - 12th grade students to experience the scientific process first hand. SciTrek partners with local schools in the Santa Barbara area to present inquiry-based modules that not only emphasize the process of science but also specific grade level standards.

Each module allows students to design and carry out an experiment. Providing students with the opportunity to not only learn scientific facts but also experience the scientific method allows students to understand how scientists use evidence-based explanations to explain the world around them.

In addition to providing programming for students, SciTrek strives to demonstrate the importance of inquiry-based lesson in science curriculum to teachers, practicing teachers, and teachers in training.

YES Youth Emerging Stronger
Initial Grant:
Cumulative Grant Amounts Through December 2023: $575,000

Youth Emerging Stonger formerly known as Los Angeles Youth Network has its mission is to empower abused, neglected and homeless adolescents to become self-sufficient. YES does this by providing street outreach, food, emergency shelter, a transitional living program, and educational enrichment programs in a safe and nurturing environment.

YES uses clinical practices that are “evidence-based”: practices that have been researched, tested and found to be effective with populations similar to the one we serve.  The practices fall under the category of  “trauma-informed care,” meaning that they are specially designed to help individuals who have been traumatized, meet their unique needs, and focus on their strengths.  YES uses “Seeking Safety,” a manualized treatment for trauma and substance  abuse, in both individual and group psychotherapy in all of the facilities.  It is a highly researched practice that helps teach youth the skills they need to deal with trauma and live healthier and safer lives.  YES also use Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to help youth deal with problems in the present and find solutions with the guidance of a mental health clinician.  Some youth may also engage in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) to help process painful memories and events from the past.